Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


Exchange Rate

To fill Arizona’s teacher shortage, some school districts are recruiting teachers from abroad. Could this hurt in-state teachers battling for higher pay?
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Tooth or Dare

Two Valley women were busted for performing dental work without a license. Arizona’s attorney general says this type of “dangerous fraud” happens more than most realize.
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Community Disunity

As budgets tighten, teachers and administrators clash within the state’s largest community college system.
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Teach Your Parents

How Arizona’s young student activists – and their teachers – are learning the new tools of protest together in the age of Trump.
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Driving Innovation

Scottsdale chauffeurs and high-end car owners turn to Teslas, Turo and tech to generate big income streams.
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Hangars On!

With two new jumbo-size hangars replacing its long-standing terminal, Scottsdale Airport clears the runway for a new era.
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King of the Long Shot

Karl Tilleman is as sure a shot in court as he was on the court Link to Story

Scottsdale by Design

The Airpark is home to a surprisingly large connected network of architectural firms and support businesses. So what do they have planned for the area's commercial development?
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Social Trek

Traveling with strangers can be dicey in divisive times. Nevertheless, tour groups for Boomers and beyond are thriving.
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Lope and Change

Having tripled its campus footprint and grown twentyfold, Grand Canyon University sets its sights on respect from the higher-education community.
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Boomer Business

Patients over 50 are exploring medical cannabis to treat a range of ailments.
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No-Huddle Offense

Football programs are being cut at Maricopa County’s four community colleges. But players and coaches aren’t going down without a fight.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • AP Style
  • Design